Ray and Rosa Hicks Collection
Ray and Rosa Hicks Collection, donated by Connie Regan-Blake, includes eleven items:
"Ray Hicks: Master Storyteller of the Blue Ridge" - book by Robert Isbell
Ray Hicks, whose willingness to become the face of traditional storytelling
helped launch the American Storytelling Revival in the early 1970's is the
subject of this engaging narrative drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews
and many years of friendship. Ray is the famous teller of Appalachian Jack
Tales and continues to be one of America's best-loved storytellers. In this book
he shares a different kind of story with journalist and friend, Robert Isbell.
It is a chronicle of his family's experiences in the remote section of the North
Carolina mountains where the Hicks family Ray's ancestors have lived for more
than 200 years.
"Rosie Hicks and Her Recipe Book" - book by Donnie Shedlarz and edited by Thomas
Rosie Hicks was married to the famed storyteller, Ray Hicks for over 50 years
and although she sometimes lived in the shadows of Ray's renown, Rosie had a
grit, feistiness and sense of humor all her own. In these series of interviews
we get a glimpse into her life - as the direct descendant of Council Harmon
Hicks growing up in the Appalachians, her marriage to Ray as a teenager and her
motherhood of 5 children. Along with her hand-written recipes and rare family
photos we get a peak into her life and a culture that for the most part as
"Ray Hicks of Beech Mountain, NC Tells Four Traditional Jack Tales" - CD
recorded by Folk Legacy Records in 1963
One of Ray's 'lucky chestnuts' - Ray always carried one in his pocket.
And two of Ray's hand-made 'fire-starters'. Until the early 2000's, the Hicks
only source of heat was a woodstove in the front room. Ray made these
'firestarters' to help get the fire going on those cold wintery mornings.
Five postcards of Ray Hicks: an iconic photo taken on the Hicks homeplace front
porch by storyteller David Holt. The handmade weather-vane sticks nailed to the
wall behind Ray forecast the weather. And the 'hex sign' painted on the porch
ceiling is to keep ghosts away which Ray's wife Rosa said "Works most of the
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